Organized Labour/ CRS Gov’t In Crucial Meeting, May Call-Off Strike Next Week.

By Our Reporter

Leaders of Organized Labour in Cross River and the State government are currently in a crucial meeting to resolve the three weeks old strike in the state The Parchment can authoritatively report.

The meeting which is currently holding at the governor’s office in Calabar has in attendance, leaders of the Organized Labour and top government officials including the State Head of Civil Service, Mrs Geraldine Ekanem.

It is likely that the almost three weeks old strike may be called-off and workers asked to return to work by next week.

Our investigation reveals that the Labour leaders are just waiting for ‘some formalities’ from the state government.

“Before Friday (tomorrow) or at least next week, workers would have returned to work” a reliable source told this paper.

Organized Labour in the State said in one of their several bulletins that they embarked on an indefinite strike “after series of correspondence and letters yielded no result”

They accused the government of neglect in payment of pension and gratuity of their members. They promised not to return to work until their demands are met.

On his return from Paris, the state governor, Ben Ayade immediately summoned an emergency executive council meeting, with the aim of ‘forcing workers back to work’ highly placed source within the government told The Parchment.

When it was realized that it will be counter productive, the government encouraged state Assembly leadership to lure the Labour leaders for a meeting.

Our investigation reveals that today’s meeting is as a result of the success of the meeting with the leadership of the state house of assembly and the head of Civil Service, Mrs Geraldine Ekanem early this week.

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